How does ear molding work?

Infant ears have high levels of maternal estrogen (estrogen which crossed from mother to baby while in the womb and during the birthing process). Because of the increased estrogen levels, infant ears are very moldable, soft and responsive to external molding during the first few weeks and months after birth.  By 6 weeks of age, these levels of maternal estrogen fall to normal, and the ears become more rigid and less pliable. This is why early intervention is so important. 

Physicians have known for years that certain ear deformities, if recognized and treated early in life by nonsurgical molding, can be substantially improved or corrected preventing the need for costly, painful, and inconvenient surgery later in life.

A variety of materials including tape, wax, electrical wire, and glue have been utilized but until we created the InfantEar™ Non-Surgical Ear Molding System, no easy-to-apply method that can be custom fit to your baby’s ear was available.  The InfantEar™ System is an effective, easy to use, attractive, and cost effective system giving consistent and reproducible correction to a broad range of ear deformities.


Long Term Benefits of Ear Molding

Deformational ear anomalies are seen in up to half of neonates at the time of birth. Early splinting of deformational ear anomalies is ideal. Though some deformities may self-resolve, it is unpredictable which ones will self correct, and for those that do not, there is an associated psychological and emotional stigma associated with deformed ears that can remain through adulthood.  In addition, treatment earlier in the infant’s life results in improved outcomes and potentially avoiding unnecessary surgery later in life. It is also recognized that a normal ear shape is critical to spatial hearing, the ability to determine the direction from which a sound is coming.

Application of InfantEar Device During Treatment

Application of InfantEar Device During Treatment

Aesthetic Result Achived

Aesthetic Result Achived

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What to Expect

If your doctor has determined that your child is a candidate for the InfantEar™ System, the application of the device is simple and easily performed in an office setting.  In most cases, earmolding with the InfantEar device is for two weeks. After two weeks your baby’s ear will be examined and if the ideal correction has not yet been achieved, a new device may be applied. This process is repeated every two weeks until acceptable improvement or correction is seen.

Most ears, if treated early, respond to ear molding to improve the shape of the ear. In general, the younger your child is when treatment for ear deformities is started, the shorter the duration of therapy. However, children a few months of age have been treated successfully with non-surgical ear molding as well.

Little is required after the device is applied. However, we recommend that you avoid getting the device wet when bathing or feeding your baby.  Sponge baths around the earmold are recommended. You may feed your baby normally, but avoid breast milk or formula from dripping under the device.  Moisture under the earmold can cause the device to loosen or cause irritation similar to a diaper rash.  If this occurs, consult your physician.

After two to three weeks your doctor will remove the device by gently lifting it off the skin and ear.  An adhesive remover may aid in this process.  Substantial improvement will be seen at this stage though some irregularities may persist.  Depending upon the age of the child and the deformity, application of a second device may then be advised.

6-Step Application Process

 
 

 

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